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Santa’s Sporty Elves Help Kids Give an allCanes Christmas

By Annette Gallagher
UM News

Thirty-seven children were invited on a shopping spree at allCanes.

A record 37 children took part in the allCanes shopping spree.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 15, 2014)—Santa and his elves had a little extra help from Sebastian the Ibis and the University of Miami family Monday night. UM athletics personnel, including Director of Athletics Blake James, men’s basketball head coach Jim Larrañaga, women’s tennis coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews, men’s tennis coach Mario Rincon, and several UM cheerleaders teamed with coaches’ wives and UM family volunteers to help underprivileged children shop for holiday presents for their families at allCanes.

A record 37 children from the local Police Athletic League, the Boys & Girls Club, and the Bryan Pata Foundation were treated to pizza, crepes, cookies, and other goodies before Santa gave each of them an allCanes gift card loaded with $95.The amount was chosen, explained Edrick Pata of the Bryan Pata Foundation, to commemorate his brother Bryan, a slain UM football player who wore No. 95 during his UM career. Edrick, their mother Jeanette, and Bryan’s two sisters attended the shopping spree.

Former NBC 6 anchor and proud UM alumnus Tony Segreto, who participates in the event every year, emceed the evening. “My ties to UM will be forever, and [allCanes manager] Harry [Rothwell] is a dear friend, but it’s the cause, the looks on the kids’ faces, hearing who they want to shop for. It took a millisecond to say yes because it’s the right thing to do.”

Before the shopping started, Edrick Pata urged the kids to “excel in everything you do, academically, athletically, in whatever you do.”

A couple of the kids were able to shop with a genuine Miami Hurricane. DeMarcus Van Dyke, who played for the ’Canes through 2010, was in town and answered the allCanes call for volunteers. “We are family at Miami,” he said. “Anytime I’m needed, I’m there—whatever I can do to help the kids.”

Van Dyke said he was initially a little intimidated when he met Bryan Pata during his senior year of high school, but found him to be “the nicest guy in the world.”

Kelly James, wife of Blake James, joined other coaches’ wives, including Kelly Golden, Al Golden’s wife; Kenia Coley, offensive coordinator James Coley’s wife; Amber Carroll, wide receivers coordinator Brennan Carroll’s wife; Tawny Brown, linebackers coach Hurlie Brown’s wife; Shakeira Scott, tight ends coach Larry Brown’s wife; and Liz Larrañaga, Jim Larrañaga’s wife, in helping the children pick presents for their families.

“It was awesome!” said Liz Larrañaga, who took part in the special night for the first time. “The children are respectful and so appreciative and it’s nice to see them smile. It’s always a good thing when everyone is smiling!”

Harry Rothwell, manager of allCanes, said the evening marked the 14th year that allCanes has given back to the community in this way. “Once people volunteer at this event, they keep doing it. It makes you feel good, and who doesn’t love that?”

To fund the festivities, allCanes absorbs some costs directly, sells $5 donation stockings, and involves corporate partners. This year, UHealth, Milam’s Supermarkets, Flanigan’s, The Big Cheese, and The Crepe Maker all contributed to the evening’s success.

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UM Women’s Commission Drive to Help Safe Space

The UM Women’s Commission is once again sponsoring a drive to collect donations for Safe Space, a shelter for women escaping from domestic violence. Suggested items include gently used clothing, toiletries, gift cards, baby products and unwrapped toys for children. Donations will be accepted through Monday, December 15 Collection boxes can be found at the following locations: University Center lobby, Ashe Building lobby, Herbert Wellness Center atrium, Newman Alumni Center (2nd floor break room), and Gables One Tower, Suite 1050. A collection box is also located in the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center lobby on the Miller School of Medicine campus.

If you have any questions, email Patty Swift at pswift@miami.edu.

 

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Finance and Treasury’s 2014 United Way Silent Auction Now Open

The Division of Finance and Treasury’s 2014 United Way Silent Auction is now officially open. Visit www.miami.edu/silentauction to bid on spectacular prizes such as brand-name electronics, airline travel vouchers, and more. There’s sure to be something for everyone. The auction, which is open to faculty, staff, and students, ends November 10. For more information, contact Travel Management at 305-284-6585 or Travel@miami.edu.

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Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Inspires Ninth Graders to Find Their Passion

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

At UM's Whitten Learning Center, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen greets one of the more than 130 students participating in Breakthrough Miami College Bound.

At UM’s Whitten Learning Center, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen greets one of the more than 130 students participating in Breakthrough Miami College Bound.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 7, 2014) – A former teacher who once took the advice of a parent and ran for elected office, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told a group of ninth-grade students on the University of Miami campus Monday that Congress should mirror the racial and ethnic diversity of the nation and urged the youngsters to consider entering the political arena after college to help solve problems. Read the full story

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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Medical Education Pioneer is a Donor for All Seasons

Dr. Gordon Teaching with Harvey

Dr. Michael S. Gordon, center, revolutionized medical education with Harvey, the first cardiopulmonary patient simulator, who he has introduced to countless students.

Over his long and distinguished career at the University of Miami’s Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Michael Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., revolutionized medical education around the world. He created Harvey, the world’s first cardiopulmonary patient simulator, and UMedic, an innovative computer- and Web-based program, to train physicians, emergency responders and military personnel to save countless lives.

“Our University has given me every opportunity to apply my ideas to education and supported these innovations,” says Gordon, the founder and director emeritus of the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education. “I will always be grateful to the U.”

With his wife, Lynda, Gordon provides ongoing financial support to the Gordon Center and raised funds to endow a chair for its director, S. Barry Issenberg, M.D., associate dean for research in medical education and the Michael S. Gordon Professor of Medicine.

A donor for all seasons, Gordon also has funded scholarships for medical students, and contributed to the Richter Library, Frost School of Music, Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, Department of Athletics and other programs.

“My mother, Dorée, was a leading lady on Broadway at age 17 who gave up her career to marry my father, Lee,” Gordon recalls. “By supporting the University’s theater and music programs, we honor her memory. I also love watching the ’Canes play football and bought the best season tickets as soon as I could afford to do so.”

A native of Chicago, Gordon planned to become a research biochemist and earned his doctorate before training with renowned cardiologist, Proctor Harvey, M.D., his mentor and the “godfather” of the patient simulator. Robert Boucek, M.D., the chair of cardiology at the time, invited Gordon to join the UM faculty in 1966, launching his remarkable academic career.

Gordon’s first cardiology patients included several airline pilots who had honed their piloting skills on flight simulators. Recognizing that simulators also could help medical students improve their bedside cardiac examination skills, Gordon built his first version of Harvey in 1968. Today, at the touch of a button, the life-sized mannequin realistically simulates nearly every cardiac disease by varying blood pressure, pulses, heart sounds, murmurs, and breathing.

In the 1980s, Gordon went on to develop a computer-based learning system, now called UMedic, which provides Web-based training for cardiology, neurology, and emergency medicine skills worldwide. Through the Gordon Center, the University also trains thousands of paramedics, Army field surgeons, and other personnel in many advanced life support procedures.

Last year, Gordon received the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s most prestigious health care honor, the AXA Advisors Lifetime Achievement Award.

“By helping those who serve and protect our citizens and our country, we have been able to reduce mortality tremendously,” says Gordon, who stepped down as director in December. “The Miller School of Medicine plays a unique role in medical education, and it is a privilege and pleasure for me to give back to our University.”

Have you made a commitment to support the University of Miami, or know a colleague who has? Share your story or nominate a UM faculty or staff member here, and you will be entered for a chance to win a special gift.

 

 

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